Raines (2007– )
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Police Officer Michael Raines investigates the shooting of a young woman who seems to have been living above her means.


Frank Darabont


Graham Yost (creator), Graham Yost

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Goldblum ... Michael Raines
Matt Craven ... Captain Dan Lewis
Nicole Sullivan ... Carolyn Crumley
Linda Park ... Sally Lance
Dov Davidoff ... Remi Boyer
Malik Yoba ... Charlie Lincoln
Alexa Davalos ... Sandy Boudreau
Valerie Mahaffey ... Arlene
Graham Beckel ... Vernon Boudreau
Jeff Perry ... Harry Tucker
Ryan Hurst ... Marco
Ashley Gardner ... Wendy Tucker
V.J. Foster ... Anthony Merkin (as VJ Foster)
Tracey Walter ... William Jones
Paul Scheer ... Motel Clerk


Michael Raines uses his imagination to "discuss" the case of a murdered young woman with the victim. She was found shot in the back in a parking lot surrounded by cash. Raines soon discovers the woman was a prostitute, but was using her skills to save money to help her mother start a new life. Among the suspects: her possibly abusive father, a private detective she was working with, a man she was possibly having an affair with, (and his wife). Motives might include blackmail, jealousy, greed, or just a random crime.As well as bouncing his ideas off the dead woman, Raines also discusses his ideas with his former partner, who was shot on duty and is no longer with the police force. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

15 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sandy's apartment building is the same one where Philip Marlowe lived in Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (1973). See more »


Sandy opens the car door to get in with Raines. If she was a figment of his imagination, she couldn't have opened the door. If the car door was really open, someone else would have seen it. See more »


Raines: [Raines has caught Sandy's parents snooping around her apartment] What you hoping to find here, Chester?
Vernon Boudreau: Are you deaf? I just said my name is Vernon.
Raines: Mmm-hmmm.
Vernon Boudreau: There's money here. Daughter was sending her little bits so's I wouldn't know. She said there was more for her.
Raines: Chester, anything we find in here is evidence.
Vernon Boudreau: Evidence my ass! Everything in here belongs to me. And why the hell do you keep calling me Chester?
Raines: Honest mistake. See, I didn't even know that your daughter had a father. Your ...
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References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »


Someone To Watch Over Me
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Linda Ronstadt
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A quirky, fun show - not quite what I was expecting
16 March 2007 | by dita-chanSee all my reviews

The basic premise of Raines is this: Jeff Goldblum is a detective who sees the murder victim until he solves the crime. Now, based on this premise, I wasn't really impressed. I love Jeff Goldblum, but there are too many cop shows on TV already, IMHO, and I'm not a fan of Medium or ghost shows in general. I tuned in last night because I figured Goldblum has made worse ideas entertaining to me before and I was very pleasantly surprised.

The first thing that stood out to me was that the whole tone of the show was very different most detective dramas. It doesn't take itself as seriously and is quite fun. You know how House is a medical drama but there are a lot of funny moments and one-liners? Well, as House is to Serious Medical Dramas (ER, I'm looking at you), you could say Raines is to Serious Detective Dramas. The show also has this cool, funny film noir vibe that I liked a lot.

The character of Raines is very appealing; the first episode did a very good job of both establishing his character and setting us up with the beginning of his back story. (I'm avoiding spoilers here, because I want you all to watch it on your own.) Goldblum does his typical weirdo role but also clearly portrays Raines as a skillful detective. The side characters (other police, detectives, etc) weren't firmly established in this episode but there seemed to be a good selection with potential for development.

Now, about the ghost thing. This is what I was really worried about, because if it turned out to be all spiritual, life-after-death stuff, I wouldn't watch no matter how good Goldblum was. I had absolutely nothing to worry about! The "ghost" in this episode mostly seemed like a hallucination-who-might-really-be-a-ghost and her primary function in the story was to help Raines solve the crime, which is just what the "ghosts" should be used for on a detective show. The "ghost" didn't tell him anything he didn't already know or hadn't already figured out. It created a different feel from other detective shows; the detective talking to himself/the victim shook up the typical crime-solving format. I think this getting to the know the victim, seeing the victim and then having him/her disappear at the end is going to set this show apart. (The actress who played the victim in this episode was very good too. I was sad to see her go!)

The mystery itself in this episode was different from a lot of mysteries you would see on other shows, I think. It was a little over the top, but that only made it more fun. I'm looking forward to the other episodes and I hope the show does well. I would recommend it to anyone.

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